Israeli President Isaac Herzog Visits Turkey 

In a warming of relations, President Herzog visits Ankara to meet with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the first public visit conducted at that level in 15 years. Relations between the two countries  soured significantly once Turkey decided to embrace Hamas and its control over Gaza; Israel-Turkish diplomatic relations were broken when Israel attached a Turkish flotilla aimed at breaching Israel’s  naval blockade of Gaza. Relations were reestablished in 2016, but they remained cold. While the two leaders discuss current regional issues during this visit, Herzog also recognizes the past, ““We must agree in advance that we will not agree on everything. Such is the nature of a relationship with a past as rich as ours. But we shall aspire to solve our disagreements with mutual respect and goodwill…” Herzog also meets with the Turkish-Jewish community in Istanbul on March 10, 2022. In March 1949, Turkey was the first Muslim country to recognize Israel.